Dynamo Kyiv will want to secure a birthday victory for coach Aleksandr Khatskevich as they welcome Young Boys for the second time this season in Group B.
• These teams met in this summer’s UEFA Champions League third qualifying round, Dynamo winning 3-1 at home but bowing out on away goals after a 2-0 defeat in Berne.
• Dynamo’s record in ten encounters with Swiss clubs is W5 D2 L3 (W3 D2 at home).
• Young Boys’ four matches against Ukrainian sides have produced two 2-0 home victories and two away losses by two-goal margins: 2-0 at Shakhtar in 2016 and 3-1 at Dynamo (see above).
• Dynamo are on a four-game home winning streak in Europe – a 6-0 success followed by three 3-1s.
• Dynamo have trailed at half-time in both of their Group B fixtures – 1-0 against Skënderbeu on matchday one and 2-0 at Partizan last time out – but scored three goals in each second half to take the points.
• Young Boys are currently winless in 11 European away games (D3 L8)
• Ukrainian Premier League runners-up in 2016/17, Dynamo reached the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals in 2010/11 and 2014/15, when they last competed in this group stage.
• Beaten home and away by CSKA Moskva in the UEFA Champions League play-offs, Young Boys are contesting the UEFA Europa League group stage for a fifth time, having made it through twice in four attempts.
Trivia and links
• The journey from Kyiv to Berne is around 1,700km.
• Dynamo’s Derlis González played in Switzerland with Basel (2014/15).
• Dynamo’s Josip Pivarić can make his 50th UEFA club competition appearance on matchday three.
• Dynamo coach Aleksandr Khatskevich turns 44 on the day of the game.
• Hired as coach in July 2017, Aleksandr Khatskevich won seven league titles as a Dynamo player from 1996–2004, and later worked with their youth and reserve teams. The 38-times capped international coached his native Belarus from 2014–16.
• Austrian coach Adi Hütter has been in charge of Young Boys since September 2015. A midfielder who spent the bulk of his career with Salzburg, he returned to lead the club to a domestic double in 2014/15 after managerial spells at Altach and Grödig.